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Mural makes M.I.T.C.H feel more like home

Eighteen volunteers spent the day painting a mural at M.I.T.C.H Charter School on Saturday in an effort to make the new facility feel like home.

The 160-foot mural started out as a vision in Founder and Director Debi Lorence's head. The mural depicts landscapes of Oregon from the Pacific Ocean to the rivers and the mountains and incorporates geography and art and other lessons the students learn about in school.

'Everything the kids are learning is portrayed on the walls,' said Peggy Danielsen, a volunteer from Lowe's who brought along the Lowe's Hero's Volutneers to help with the day-long project.

YOLO Colorhouse supplied volunteers and low VOC paint for the project as well.

Lorence has fought to find a permanent address for the school and its students for years. Before finding a permanent home in Tualatin, the school leased buildings from Calvin Presbyterian Church and out buildings at Tigard High School, but until this year, never had a place to call home.

'We hope for a more classical education' said Paula Beaulieu, vice chairwoman of M.I.T.C.H.'s board of directors, explaining that the goal fo the school is to have 'academics combined with culture.'

About a year ago, M.I.T.C.H., which stands for which stands for Multi-Instruction Teaching Children Hands-on, found a permanent facility on Southwest 90th Court. There, students in K-8 focus on hands-on learning with a cultural and environmental emphasis.